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  1. sonofsanta's Avatar
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    For teachers, I map the K drive to the root of the wwwroot folder, so they can access all the student work as well. Similar to how the kids are mapped, I've added the K drive mapping to the usual staff drive mapping GPO and used Item Level Targeting to check membership of the PHP Users group. If it meets the criteria, map the root of wwwroot, where I've manually added NTFS permissions for the relevant department (i.e. curriculum IT).

    Means they can create their own folders & structure to their heart's content, as well as look at any code they need to when assisting kids, and means I can drop example code in there for the stealing.

    I suppose you can easily enough tweak it so it maps to wwwroot/staff/%username% if they want it working exactly the same, depends on how much confidence they have in the kids' ability to understand "your K drive is here, look, I can show you"

    Glad it's working well for you, it ain't half been a lot easier here than faffing around with FTP!
  2. fiza's Avatar
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    @sonofsanta - Been working great since I set it up. Now a couple of teachers want to have access same as the students do. They want to be able to demonstrate how to do things so want it set up exactly as it is for the students. Whats the easiest way to do this? Their usernames don't follow the same format as the students.
  3. simpsonj's Avatar
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    Added from a recent forum post:

    But I'll also add that ensuring you have a fast wireless connection is vital. I've recently bought 5Ghz cards for some dell laptops and the speed and reliablilty increase is phenomenal. I'll also add that make sure your offline files are set correctly in GPO. I used to have them really locked down, but this caused a lot more grief as Windows really likes to be able to use Sync centre (assuming your on Win7).

    I now have the following two GPOs set for students and my performance is far more reliable, with less issues of folders not redirecting, drives not mapping etc:

    Admin Templates - Network - Offline Files - Remove 'Make Available Offline' - Enabled
    Admin Templates - System - Folder Redirection - Do not automatically make redirected folders available offline - Enabled
  4. andyheth's Avatar
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    Brilliant - I wish I had found this before is started using SOLUS3 - we use SCCM so were looking to see if this could be done. Have you had any feedback on this - issues that I need to look out for? Thanks
  5. FN-GM's Avatar
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    Thanks for posting

    Looking at something like this for some of the admin staff, it looks something fairly simple for the end users
  6. Marshall_IT's Avatar
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    Hi FN-GM,

    my users do sometimes use the encrypt feature in outlook out OWA but that is mainly myself or the data Manager. Most users find it easier if they can just prefix the subject with encrypt.

    Thanks for reading.
  7. FN-GM's Avatar
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    Hi,

    Do you use the Encrypt message option in Outlook or OWA? Or do you find your users forget to use this?

    Thanks
  8. john's Avatar
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    Looks quiet a nice job, shame they re-used such large computers (and XP).

    Did you suggest positioning the towers behind the monitors or even hanging them in adjustable straps under the desks? Where I used to work we designed rooms so that towers were hung under desks to create extra space, ensure an open feel and it also means the students cannot hide between each tower as they can do in that layout shown, also monitor brackets would lift screens up above the workspace creating more room for books / resources.

    Also on the images on your blog (http://www.cablers.co.uk/wp-content/...7/DSCF0336.jpg) can I suggest you get your electric insulation tester recertified given it was due in 2008 and its now 2014 I'd expect it to be re-calibrated before now to ensure its results and readings are correct and reliable.
  9. GrumbleDook's Avatar
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    This has been discussed in a variety of forums and to some extent it boils down to the school completing a risk assessment on the company, including what they have placed in the Safe Harbor notice and what the school thinks the risks are for the countries where the data may be stored.
  10. Norphy's Avatar
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    I have. It just doesn't seem to be showing.
  11. FragglePete's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy
    If there were a thank button on blog entries, I would be pressing it right now. Thank you for this, very useful.
    You could rate it!!

    Glad it helped someone.

    Pete
  12. Norphy's Avatar
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    If there were a thank button on blog entries, I would be pressing it right now. Thank you for this, very useful.
  13. FN-GM's Avatar
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    You have done a nice tidy job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by furby
    I can't get this to work, is it just AD groups and "server name' that needs changing?
    The share names and paths need to be changed as well. Be careful if you cut some parts of the script out that you don't mismatch the open/close brackets, etc.

    This script will quit without doing anything if the user is logged into a local account. It only attempts to mount the shares if a network user is logged on.
    Updated 2nd July 2014 at 05:21 PM by seawolf
  16. Alis_Klar's Avatar
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    Agree with these choices. CleverTouch will have to pull something very special out of the bag to get my custom back! Just add a n Apple TV with the new iOS 8 peer-to-peer airplay feature and your sorted!
  17. zag's Avatar
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    Nice idea!

    Can't say we've ever had a problem with laptops logging on though. We use Aruba 802.11ac AP's here and its been rock solid.
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    Whilst I agree with what Synack has stated about wired networks, in a number of primary schools, (ours in particular) do not have room for an ICT suite. So a wireless network is the only sensible option......but, we have now moved to a managed wireless network as this has allowed the school to expand it's laptop trolleys to 3, that's 48 laptops' for pupil use, we could not match that with wired workstations.
    In most cases it's the same old saying 'horses for courses', you just have to ensure that your wireless network is robust enough to cope with the traffic.
  19. Cablers_JonPaul's Avatar
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    Your quite right Synack. My wording was not particularly clear as i am far more geek than writer. We are a great advocate for desktops and dedicated IT suites. The suite pictured is one we built from scratch, including the bespoke benching for a primary school and we installed another during the last school holidays and filled it with Mac's for a high school in Essex. I think we have two more ICT suite projects just waiting for governor approval in the pipe line as well. If schools have the room for them they can be a fantastic resource and when used in conjunction with wireless and some mobile computing solutions it can provide the perfect balance to enhance ICT teaching throughout a school.

    Unfortunately many of the schools we have worked with are squeezed for space and are having to find ways of increasing class sizes. This often means that a computer suite installed a few years ago that accommodated 28/30 students now has to cope with class sizes of 31/34 students and they are not really built for sharing. I was just trying to say that wireless offers the flexibility to use school buildings in new ways. Cablers were around when every computer needed its own cable. We now install far more wireless. Its a constant battle for us to get school leadership to think about the importance of infrastructure that will serve them for many years and not just the flash tablets they see everywhere.
  20. SYNACK's Avatar
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    Calling desktops outdated and not value for money is a very limited and largely incorrect view. The future is not 'just wireless' the future is using the right tool for the right job not trying to shoehorn everything into the newest market segment. Wireless is great but there are still many areas where wired is much more suitable.
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